People tend to ask me; how do you do it? Where do you find time to work, do groceries, laundry and housework, manage kid’s appointments and still go to the cottage each and every weekend? I simply reply that this is a need for our family and not just a choice. In this hectic and busy world, we live in, going to our cottage and knowing that there is no internet connection and no cellular reception brings me a certain calm, relief and inner peace. For me, there’s nothing like sitting around a camp fire, enjoying the outdoors and connecting with the people I love. This is my pill, my happy place, my reward and how I enjoy spending my weekends.
When I met my husband, over 20 years ago, he introduced me to hunting, fishing, camping and outdoor adventures. We would spend our weekends in the wild with his two brothers, spouses, cousins and friends. This was a new way of life, appreciating what nature had to offer and creating special bonds along the way. It showed me that there was more to life then working relentless hours, keeping an immaculate home, going shopping and spending my money in restaurants…
A few years passed and then it happened… we decided to have kids. For us, having children didn’t change who we were but strengthened our values and pushed us to better ourselves. As parents, we wanted to continue our weekend adventures and create new memories with our little ones. Of course, we needed to plan differently; be organised, always think in advance, be ready for any given situation, practice patience, be responsible and bring LOT’S more stuff. However, we also knew that we wanted to raise strong, independent, grounded, resilient kids. In fact, most studies agree that kids who play outside and spend time in nature are smarter, happier, more attentive, and less anxious than kids who spend more time indoors.
Here are few reasons why nature is good for kids:
- Builds confidence
- Promotes creativity and imagination
- Teaches responsibilities
- Provides different stimulations
- Gets them moving
- Makes them think
- Reduce stress and fatigue
All these qualities and traits are what we stand for and what we wanted to pass-on to our children. In this fast-paced world, the opportunity to slow down is not very far away.
Now that our kids are older, 15 and 17 years old, and that we appreciate a bit more luxury, my husband and I decided to purchase a nice cottage with a lakefront view and of course no cellular network. Surprisingly, our kids still follow us, enjoy our company and find peace with disconnecting from their busy social media life and reconnecting with each other.
Do you think you could disconnect for a weekend?